Introducing Faculty Development (FD) at ICU
At International Christian University, the spirit of Faculty Development has been alive from the very inception of the University six decades ago. ICU educators have long been dedicated to quality teaching and responsible advising. As a liberal arts university, ICU has sought to endow its students with an education that emphasizes critical thinking and independent thought. To provide a suitable environment and stimulating course contents, ICU has pioneered in areas such as fixed advising days and office hours, and a university wide survey to assure effective teaching and learning.
ICU has also been sensitive to the accelerated emphasis on quality assurance that has swept through Japanese higher education from the 1990s. Since the creation of the post of Director of Faculty Development in 1995 and the 2001 establishment of the Faculty Development Committee in 2001, ICU has been active in providing orientations for new faculty as well as open seminars in areas ranging from e-learning to support of special needs students. More recently we have been active in providing writing support for students and ensuring careful and creative deployment of student assistants. Almost all of these activities are administered bilingually and thus add an international dimension to our program.
ICU is recognized in Japan as having a high quality FD program, and in the coming years the office hopes to further provide ICU faculty members with quality assistance and support so they can continue to develop as teachers and scholars and provide an excellent education to ICU students. We seek to build Peer-to-Peer Mentoring among the ICU faculty so that we can learn from each other how to become stronger teachers and scholars. Efforts to build a video archive of effective teaching are also underway.
We also have produced a bilingual FD Newsletter at ICU, and we take great pleasure in making it available on the internet. And, just as we hope to contribute to Faculty Development outside ICU, we look forward to learning about efforts at other institutions in Japan and abroad. We look forward to these reciprocal efforts and, for now, thank you for your interest in our program.
Director of the Office of Faculty Development
ICU's FD Newsletter is published biannually.
Basic Policy for Students with Special Needs
Standing by the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ICU shall prepare and maintain an environment in which all students can learn on the basis of equal opportunity, without any discrimination, and with dignity. ICU shall secure opportunities for those with disabilities to participate in learning, teaching, research, and other related activities equally alongside those without disabilities.
Environmental Policy for ICU
International Christian University (hereafter ICU), a Christian liberal arts institution, declares its commitment to environmental mindfulness and stewardship in all its activities. The care for creation is fundamental to the mission of Christians everywhere. Moreover, as an educational institution, ICU is committed to the cultivation of responsible global citizens and believes that education is the best means to bring about a better and healthier world. The university seeks to integrate environmental awareness and responsibility into the daily life of the institution. Respect and care for the environment, protection of campus biodiversity, and responsible global citizenship are among the fundamental values that guide university-wide planning and decision-making. All faculty, staff, and students who make up the ICU community should be aware of the way their actions affect the local and global environment in which we live.
ICU is endowed with a campus of extraordinarily natural beauty and cultural heritage. This gift can and should be treasured as one of the unique and appealing assets of the institution.
ICU Basic Policy for the Prevention of Human Rights Violations
As a university that values the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, ICU takes as its responsibility the securing of a safe campus for its community members to live and work, by providing an educational, research and working environment free from human rights violations. For this reason, discrimination on the basis of gender, race, nationality, origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, etc. and any harassment that takes advantage of one's position/standing, regardless of the form it takes, are unacceptable. All members of the campus community are expected to fully understand the internationality and the Christian spirit that ICU stands for and work together to create a pleasant campus.
Membership to UN Global Compact
ICU joined the United Nations Global Compact in April 2009. We will continue to take the initiative to exercise responsible and creative leadership, participate constructively in global society and contribute to the creation of a global framework for sustainable growth.
In endorsing the ten principles that form the main support of the compact (including the principles that businesses/organizations should "support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights" and "undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility," among others), ICU makes the utmost commitment to a continued effort towards realizing these principles.
The United Nations Global Compact was announced in 2000 by then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and is supported by current Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.UN Global Compact Global Compact Network Japan
Membership to UN Academic Impact
On March 31st, 2017, ICU joined the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), a global program initiated by the Outreach Division of the UN Department of Public Information. UNAI aligns the United Nations with institutions of higher education around the world.
UNAI is informed by a commitment to support and advance the ten basic principles listed below. ICU will pursue all of these principles.
1. A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter as values that education seeks to promote and help fulfil;
2. A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion, and speech;
3. A commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity;
4. A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education;
5. A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world;
6. A commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education;
7. A commitment to advancing peace and conflict resolution through education;
8. A commitment to addressing issues of poverty through education;
9. A commitment to promoting sustainability through education;
10. A commitment to promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and the "unlearning" of intolerance, through education.
Campus Grand Design
A basic plan has been approved for the construction of new facilities and the replacement of some existing facilities, in order to maintain an ideal environment for the practice of liberal arts at ICU throughout the 21st Century. For details, please see the page below.